23 Jun 2014 More

Supreme Courts Hands EPA Setback on Greenhouse Gases

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Judges of the court ruling against greenhouse gases by the EPA
A setback for the EPA and the Obama Administration Monday as the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the government has limited authority to regulate major power facilities like power plants and refineries. At the same time, the court rejected the argument by private industry that such facilities should not be regulated at all.

"It bears mention that EPA is getting almost everything it wanted in this case," said Justice Antonin Scalia.

The EPA however sees the decision as a victory, in so much as the court ruled that it does have authority to regulate private industry in this manner.

"The Supreme Court's decision is a win for our efforts to reduce carbon pollution because it allows EPA, states and other permitting authorities to continue to require carbon pollution limits in permits for the largest pollution sources," the agency said.

The American Petroleum Institute also claimed victory for the ruling, stating that the decision is a "stark reminder that the EPA's power is not unlimited."

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